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Photography by: Randy Thompson The South Atlantic Region of the American Institute of Architects Recognizes 19 Projects for Design Excellence.

 Over 150 people celebrated the work of firms from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina on September 30, 2016 at the SCAD Museum of Art in downtown Savannah, GA.

Tonic took home the Housing Award for their work on Crabill Modern.

“Extreme budget constraints often halt a project, but in this instance have produced amazing results.  Beautifully conceived, presented and executed, this project captured the jury’s imagination by virtue of its clarity and formal inventiveness,” noted the jury. “Especially striking is the use of analogous forms found in the surrounding contexts of landscape and agrarian structures. Constructed from the ground up for less than many renovation projects, this house extends a proposition beyond the limits of its own walls in working towards making well designed housing accessible to a greater percentage of the population.”

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By Carrie Moorerank

After winding down a long, pastoral, gravel road in Pittsboro, NC, we arrived at the soaring modern home of musician, Michael Rank. At four floors, it’s the tallest house ever created by Tonic Design, the architect and builder. Its black aluminum and gray cement exterior cut through the country landscape and sky. Ranks’ favorite “colors” – black, gray, and white – canvas the exterior and interior.

Rank, who just released a new album, “In The Weeds”, with his band, Stag, also just completed construction on his new modern home, and used ECOfusion Color Fusion strand woven bamboo flooring from CaraGreen throughout. The ECOfusion bamboo flooring is a dark gray grounding color, called Morning Mist, with subtle flecks of blue and brown. The effect is created when ECOfusion uses its thru-color technology to dye the bamboo strands using pure plant-based pigments. READ MORE…

The Crabills bought the five-acre property near Hillsborough, NC, with the intention of building a simple, modern home in a clearing amidst a lush forest. They wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible and accommodate local wildlife.

“Our clients asked us to design a unique live/work house that inspire creativity and provides interesting spatial overlaps,” said project architect Katherine Hogan, co-owner of Tonic Design and Tonic Construction. “They also wanted it to be constructed in a simple and cost-effective way”. The architects sited the house carefully to avoid disturbing the natural environment, to maximize natural lighting, and to frame views of forest, including a favorite three-trunked tree. READ MORE

Tonic Design + Tonic Construction’s Ted Arendes moves to Kansas

Ted times two.

City.

July 17, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh recently announced that designer/project manager Ted Arendes has joined the nationally acclaimed firm El Dorado in Kansas City, Missouri.

Arendes is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He worked with Dan Rockhill at Studio 804 in Kansas before joining Tonic, a construction-led, design/build studio located in Raleigh.

For five years, Arendes has worked on both the design and construction sides of the firm, both in the office and in the field. He has managed construction on many of the firm’s modernist houses, including the award-winning Smart-Stell residence in Durham; the Crabill residence in Hillsborough, which was featured in Dwell magazine in March of 2012, and the Rank residence currently under construction in Pittsboro.

“It isn’t easy to find someone who is talented and highly skilled at both design and construction,” said Tonic co-owner Katherine Hogan. “Usually you have someone who is much stronger in one area. That’s why it has been great working with Ted. And we couldn’t be happier for him that he’s found a position in such a prestigious firm as El Dorado.”

No doubt that dual expertise appealed to the El Dorado principles. As El Dorado partner Dan Maginntold Dwell in 2006, “The bottom line is that architects should know how to build. The best way to know how to build is to get in there and do it.”

Tonic co-owner Vinny Petraca noted, “One of our first clients told me that, in any profession, you never know how much time you will spend with your colleagues. He told us, challenged us, to make each day count and to push each project to the highest limit because you never know how long, or short, that moment together will be. Ted has always been motivated to achieve success. I am so proud of our time with him. We definitely made our time together count.”

El Dorado was founded in 1996. Its primary office in is Kansas City, MO, and the firm maintains a satellite office in Wichita, Kansas. For more information visit http://www.eldo.us.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit www.tonic-design.com.